Embrey Human Rights Program Director, Rick Halperin comments on Arkansas death penalty plans in Huffington Post

Huffington Post Originally Posted: March 29, 2017 Arkansas’ plan to execute eight death-row prisoners over 11 days next month has been attacked as cruel and unusual in two federal lawsuits. Suits filed Monday and Tuesday seek preliminary injunctions halting the four double executions scheduled from April 17 to April 27, alleging the rush violates the condemned men’s constitutional rights. The suits name Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) and Department of Corrections Director Wendy Kelley as defendants. At a time when use of the death penalty is in gradual decline across the U.S., Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced last month the state would begin executing inmates who had exhausted state-level appeals. Arkansas hasn’t executed anyone in 12 years, and now seeks to jump-start lethal injections in ways that [...]

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Call for Research Cluster Proposals for 2017-18

The DCII offers a home for informal collaborative and interdisciplinary research clusters who wish to meet together at least twice during any given semester to discuss shared interests. These clusters should be open to faculty and graduate students from across the campus and should each have two faculty or grad student conveners responsible for the cluster’s activities. We welcome participants from other universities in the DFW area as well as from the broader community. Deadline for Proposals is May 20. For more information: http://www.smu.edu/Dedman/DCII/Programs/ResearchClusters

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SMU​’s Dallas Hall makes list of 11 oldest buildings in the U.S. to achieve LEED certification

Bisnow Originally Posted: March 25, 2017 Architecture is meant to last generations and if a building's envelope is strong its insides can be upgraded for modern use while saving the owners a ton in energy costs. We found the 11 oldest buildings in the U.S. to achieve LEED certification, counting down to the oldest. 11. Dallas Hall, Southern Methodist University, Dallas Year Built: 1912 LEED Status: Gold Year Certified: 2015 Improvements: Upgraded electrical metering and lighting, modern low-flow plumbing and faucets, improved recycling programs, a switch to sustainable electronics and furniture purchases Savings: 33% reduced indoor water usage, 38% energy use reduction. READ MORE

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SMU’s Civil Rights Pilgrimage makes lasting impact on travelers

Daily Campus Originally Posted: March 22, 2017 While spring break often marks a time of relaxation and rest from the busy semester, for some SMU students, faculty and community members it was a lesson in humility. A small group embarked on the annual civil rights trip through the American South. James Samuel stands in front of Little Rock Central High School while on the SMU Civil Rights Pilgrimage. Photo credit: James Samuel The pilgrimage is a collaborative effort between the SMU Embrey Human Rights Program and the Office of the Chaplin and Religious Life. Participants travel to numerous civil rights landmarks including the birthplace of Martin Luther King. SMU junior James Samuel found himself engaging in a symbolic opportunity as he was asked to open [...]

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Dedman College Alumnus John Harper ’68: ‘The Best Medicine Is Science And Compassion Intersecting At The Patient’

SMU Magazine Originally Posted: March 24, 2016 SAVE THE DATE: Join SMU Dedman College alumnus John Harper at the 7th annual Literature + Medicine Conference  from 8 a.m. to noon April 1 at SMU’s Mack Ballroom in the Umphrey Lee Center. Cardiologist John Harper ’68 vividly remembers waking in the middle of the night to the sound of his father crying out in pain. It was 1964 and Harper was 17 years old – just a year shy of starting college at SMU. But he was as frightened as a small child that night when he peaked through a cracked-open bedroom door into the hallway of his West Texas home. A physician named Bruce Hay was arriving at 3 a.m., impeccably dressed in a three-piece suit, his black doctor’s bag in [...]

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Event: March 27, Collective dynamics and optimal transport

Event Date: Monday March 27 Location: Clements 126 Time: 3:30pm (Refreshments 3:15pm) Mathematics Colloquium Talk by Katy Craig (University of California, Santa Barbara) Link for more information: http://www.smu.edu/Dedman/Academics/Departments/Math/Seminars

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Cal Jillson, Political Science, What Would It Take To Summon A Convention Of States?

KUT 90.5 Originally Posted: March 21, 2017 The following is from the March 21, 2017, edition of KUT public radio of Austin. SMU Political Science Professor Cal Jillson provided expertise for this story. Gov. Greg Abbott spent more than a year speaking and writing about the need to pass a series of amendments to the U.S. Constitution, in order limit the power of the federal government. His chosen vehicle: invoking Article V of the Constitution to call a “convention of states.” So when Abbott took the stage to deliver his State of the State message in January, there was every reason to expect he would spotlight the issue. But Abbott went one step further, designating it as one of his top four priorities for the legislative session. “Senator Birdwell and Representative [...]

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Event: April 4, Animals from Art to Economics: Changing Perspectives in the Long 18th Century

Event Date: April 4 Location: Greer Garson Screening Room, Meadows School of the Arts Time: 5:00 p.m. Join Nathaniel Wolloch of the Minerva Humanities Center and Tel Aviv University as he lectures. Sponsored by the Looking at Animals/Thinking About Animals Research Cluster. For more information: http://www.smu.edu/Dedman/DCII/Events  

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FBI Investigation of Trump-Russia Connection

SMU Adjunct Political Science Prof. Robert Jordan discusses the March 20, 2017, testimony of FBI Director James B. Comey concerning an investigation into whether members of President Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election. Jordan is former ambassador to Saudi Arabia and Diplomat-in-Residence at SMU’s John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies.

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Dedman College alumnus José Manuel Santoyo on DACA, how it impacts his life and what happens if it’s eliminated

D Magazine Originally Posted: March 21, 2017 This is an excerpt from a DMagazine article posted on March 21. You can read the full article here: https://www.dmagazine.com/frontburner/2017/03/what-will-happen-to-dallas-dreamers-daca-trump-dream-act/ What Will Happen to North Texas’ Dreamers? Five undocumented Dallasites share how former President Obama's immigration order, DACA, impacted their lives, what's wrong with it, and what they'll do if it's eliminated. JOSÉ MANUEL SANTOYO, 25 Violence brought José Manuel Santoyo to the United States. His mother fled the state of Michoacán with Jose and his three siblings in 2001. This was about five years before Mexican President Felipe Calderon formally declared war on the cartels, sending nearly 7,000 soldiers to battle them in Santoyo’s home region. “People all around me were getting killed,” he says. “My mother didn’t want us to [...]

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